OBS-SIS at AALL Annual Meeting 2001

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Program Descriptions & Materials:

Everything Old Is New Again: Second- (or Third-) Generation Automated System Challenges (Program C-1) Coordinator/moderator/speaker: Richard Jost

View the Materials: Everything Old is New Again / by Susan Goldner
Migrating Library Systems / by Dianne Schaefer

An overview of system-related issues will be explored based on the difference between the "old" days, when libraries first moved toward an automated library environment, to the present, when many libraries need to migrate to new systems to handle the increasing complexity of library operations. The challenges remain the same: the successful library manager must research the marketplace, establish procedures for data migration, and develop a management structure for staff training. Using recent library experiences, the speakers will discuss the principles to consider when embarking on a system review process from three perspectives: selecting the appropriate bibliographic utility (based on a comparison of the OCLC and RLIN systems), migrating data from one local system to another, and adding a second library to an existing system. The discussion will detail the basic issues to consider when evaluating automated systems for specific library environments.

Put a CORC in IT: The Cooperative Online Resource Catalog's Attempt to Control the WWW Information Flow (Program E-6) Coordinator/moderator: Pam Deemer

The OCLC Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC) is a Web-based cooperative system for building bibliographic records and pathfinders for electronic resources. An OCLC representative will discuss the CORC program's utility in terms of the bibliographic records and pathfinders created, the role the Dublin Core and MARC formats play, and the cost. Examples of CORC records and the tools used to construct them will be demonstrated. Two technical services librarians and a public services librarian will each discuss their decision to join the initial CORC pilot project, the impact it has had on their workflow and service to patrons, and the advantages and disadvantages of using Dublin Core or MARC records for Internet resources. Find out how effective CORC can be, and learn about its related side benefit: making the addition of meaningful metadata to local Web sites easier.

New Roles? Retooling Yourself for Work in the 21st Century (Program F-3)
Coordinator/moderator: Mary Jane Kelsey

Have you ever wished that you could see the bottom of your "in" box or wished for a longer day? This program on retooling for the new millennium will examine current theory and methodology for effectively managing the challenges in our rapidly changing workplace. The speaker will discuss her experience as a facilitator for Stephen Covey's First Things First program and the decision of the Yale University Library Human Resources Department to implement the Professional Mentor program.

Implementing the MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data: The New Frontier in Technical Services (Program G-6)
Coordinator/moderator: Chris Long

Having successfully installed the serials module of their integrated library systems, many libraries are ready to take the further steps of implementing the MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data. The Holdings Format, however, is radically different from MARC 21 formats that librarians are already familiar with. This program will explain the various Holdings Format fields, offering specific examples that illustrate how to handle publications received by law libraries, such as pocket parts and revision volumes. The program will also demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of using the Holdings Format, investigate staff training issues and show how to incorporate the creation of MARC holdings records into workflow, as well as examine OPAC display considerations.

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: Essential Technical Services Knowledge for Public Services Librarians (Program K-2)
Coordinator: Carmen Brigandi

Modern online catalogs integrate information from a variety of sources: cataloging, serials, acquisitions, and circulation records. Public services librarians and library users now have access to this wealth of information on their desktops. As technical services records go public, the technical services librarian's expertise in creating user-friendly records is sometimes lost to public services librarians. In this session, participants will learn more about the variety of records in the catalog and how to best use and interpret them. As public services librarians learn to mine the catalog for more information, they will also develop confidence in working with their technical services colleagues to improve and enhance access to the collection. In this program, current and former technical services librarians will define "essential" technical services knowledge and illustrate ways in which the complementary skills of public and technical services librarians can be harnessed to improve access to the collection.